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Annual Report

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Reflecting on 2016/2017 as an organization we have had great success continuing to strengthen community partnerships and have achieved numerous accomplishments, which is a call for celebration.                                                                        

This year we had many successes that have allowed us to continue to offer wonderful programming.  Our Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake took place again in Port Dalhousie and was a great success.  Our Go-Girls and Game On programs continue to be strong due to the support of the Sisterhood of Soul annual fall event. The Edward Jones Curl for Kids sake event was also a tremendous success. 

I am amazed, but not surprised by all the community support.  We continue to be grateful for all our volunteers.  We thank you, for your time, and your financial contributions. As a community you should be very proud of your contributions to the success of BBBS Grimsby Lincoln and West Lincoln. We could not have done it without you!

Over the last 8 years that I have been involved with this agency I have realized that the common denominator has always been our quality staff and supportive board. I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the BBBS staff for their support and guidance.  Your dedication and effort directly reflects the quality mentoring programs in our community.

Let’s continue to guide our organization into the unknown, and strive to make our children’s future full of hope.  Every child who needs a mentor should have a mentor.

Respectfully submitted

Justin Cruse

Board President

DIRECTOR’S  REPORT     

Welcome to our 46th Annual AGM and Volunteer Appreciation Evening. 

This past year has been full of great challenges and great successes.  Our staff, volunteer board of directors and members of the community, have worked together to continue to provide quality programming to the children of West Niagara. 

    A large portion of our funding is reliant on the generosity of the community and we appreciate all of the support that we receive from both individuals and businesses.  This year saw our four main fundraisers succeed.  The success of these endeavors rests on the dedication and efforts of the committees that organize the events.  Thank you to Marc Seguin and his wife Chrystine.  They are the heart and soul of the Edward Jones Curl for Kids.  Curling is an event that is 28 years old, and Marc and Chrystine have revived it with new life.  It was our single largest event last year!  Michele Lane and her committee for the Sisterhood of Soul women’s event in the fall continue to push this new addition to greater expectations.  Your committees’ enthusiasm and tireless work have made this event.   I would also like to thank all of our volunteers, without you, we could not continue to match children in Grimsby, Lincoln & W. Lincoln.  Thank you.

    I want to thank both Justin Cruse and Simon Woods, and all the members of our Board of Directors. This last year has seen us regain our footing and focus on what is important to our organization. Karen Thompson and I appreciate your support and faith in our agency.  We continue to provide quality trained mentors to children in the most need in West Niagara.   

     We are through our first year of the new stream of United Way funding that will allow us to grow the Go Girl and Game On programs.  All the schools in West Niagara are anxious to get these “healthy eating, healthy choices” programs running in their schools. This year we completed 6 different Go Girls! And Game On! sessions.  Next year our plan is to complete 10 sessions!

    We have, and will continue to work together to mentor and serve the children in our community.  Thank you to the volunteer Board of Director’s for their continued time and guidence.  They spend a great amount of their time directing our organization.

     I look forward to another year of many more successes.

Respectfully Submitted

Mary Champ

Director of Operations

Caseworkers Report

Another year full of programming, volunteers, children and families has gone by. At times being a Caseworker feels like having a very large family. It is so rewarding watching all our “littles” grow and mature and also to see new littles join the group.

It is a pleasure to watch our kids thrive in successful matches. Our children receive quality mentoring relationships through our Big Brother, Big Sister, In School Mentoring, Game On! and Go Girls! Programs.

I am happy to report that the In School Mentoring program is in full swing this year and I am the caseworker for that program. We have 15 very successful matches. These children get to spend an hour a week with a fully screened volunteer doing fun activities such as crafts, playing games, painting, baking or just talking about life.

In the past year we have four new Big Brothers matches and five Big Sisters matches and average 24 matches. Several of our littles have been in matches for years and are in their teens now. We are happy to have some younger kids on the caseload again! As always there are children on our waitlist so please spread the word about the need for mentors. 

This past year we have run six Game On! and Go Girls! Programs in our local schools. This program is gaining popularity every year. The program teaches the importance and benefits of an active healthy life style featuring three main components, staying active, healthy eating and healthy self-esteem. The programs match two mentors, typically college or university students, with 8-12 kids from grades 6-8. These kids have the opportunity to spend time with and open up to adults that they see as “cool” and “relevant”.

We are really grateful to our local schools for participating so eagerly in these beneficial programs.

We are thankful to our many wonderful volunteers for giving  their time to make a difference in a child’s life. The impact they make on a child is long lasting. The number one out come that I hear over and over is that the child is more self-confident and self-assured. They are happier and have something positive to look forward to.

Our mentors teach the children that they are loveable and valued. They teach them life skills, the importance of education and goal setting, good morals, and to treat people with respect and kindness.

What child wouldn’t benefit from such a relationship!

Our partnership with Tim Hortons has been a huge support to our agency over the years. We have been able to send many of our littles ages 9-12 to a wonderful one time camp experience through the generosity of our board member Gynette Smith and her brother Chris Ridiger, who are local Tim Horton franchise owners. However this year we are even more excited because three of our present littles have been chosen to be in the Youth Leadership Program, which features a ten day camp session each summer for as many as five years!

Thank you Gynette!

We are also grateful to the Grimsby Benevolent Fund for allowing us to participate in the Christmas Hamper Program again this past year. What an incredible amount of organization and manpower this program takes. Mary and I and some of our board members have been fortunate to help with the delivery of the Christmas Hampers for the past few years and it really is a pleasure to see how this operation runs.  The day of the hamper delivery is a very joyful occasion.

Thank you to everyone in this room. Each person here is part of supporting the children in our community through your involvement with this Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. Whether you donate financially, volunteer to help at an event, provide sponsorship, provide activities for our matches or mentor to child, you each play a role in providing the children in our community with a positive role model and successful match.

Sincerely,

Karen Thompson

Caseworker

Big Brothers Big Sisters Statistics

January 1st 2015 to December 31st 2015 Statistics

Traditional Program

Adult Inquiries=19

Child Inquiries=8

New matches=8

Closures=10

Number of children on the waitlist=12

Average number of matches=27

In School Mentoring

Inquiries=23

Average number of adult mentor matches=16

Average number of matches=24

Go Girls

Number of programs run=3

Number of girls served=24

Game On

Number of programs run=3

Number of boys served=26

ACTIVITIES REPORT 2016

Fishing Derby

Bigs, littles and parents once again enjoyed a day fishing on the waters of Lake Ontario thanks to Harvey Velix and the Golden Horseshoe Outdoors Club.

 This year only two boats were from the Golden Horseshoe Outdoors Club. Word was spread through the members of the Outdoors Club about BBBS Annual Fishing Derby and friends of the captains were signing up right up until the day before the event.

We ended up with 19 Bigs, Littles and parents going out on seven boats. Each match or family group got to go out on their own boat. There were actually two boats that didn’t have any matches to take out. They were happy to be there and experience the Fishing Derby and stayed for the barbeque. They would like to take part again next year.

Gifts were given to the captains and once again Harvey had prizes for all the children that attended. Thank you to Doug Neilsen, Jim Rowaan and Remi Ringuette for barbequing. 

BBBS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

A wonderful time was had by approximately 32 bigs and littles in the Big Brother Big Sister and In School Mentoring programs at our Annual Breakfast with Santa.  As well board members, staff and many helpers attended.

This year we were lucky to have Calvin from Calvin’s Magic Show perform for us.

The children were sent home with books donated from First Book Canada and volunteers and mentors received Poinsettias donated by Ed Sobkowich Greenhouses, Ltd.

Breakfast was donated AND cooked by our board member Doug Neilsen and his lovely wife Janice. Also helping in the kitchen were former board member Jim Rowaan and his wife Cathy, also lovely J,  my daughter Rachel and her fiance Todd and Candace Labreche. Our little sisters Kylie and Michaela did face painting, Big Sister Susan Penfold and her little sister Vicki helped at the craft table.

I was grateful to Michaela and her mom Deb for coming and helping me set up the hall the night before.  Thank you everyone for participating and helping!

Unfortunately once again the Airl Lift and Sugar Bush Outing were cancelled due to weather conditions.

Karen Thompson

FUNDRAISING AND DONATION REPORT

  • Town of Grimsby                                                      
  • Winona Peach Festival (Winona Men’s Club)
  • Photos with Santa – Village Studio
  • Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake
  • Boston Pizza Kids Bowl for Kids Sake                                    
  • Edward Jones Curl for Kids Sake
  • Parker Hannifin Canada – Bulls Eye for Kids Sake
  • Grimsby Benevolent Fund
  • Fleming Foundation
  • Fielding Estate Winery Girl’s Night
  • Casablanca Winery & Inn Sisterhood of Soul                                                            
  • United Way of St. Catharines – Go Girls! And Game On!
  • Niagara Builders Association
  • Lincoln Rotary
  • Different Strokes
  • Alana and Dr. Joe Paolasini Smiles for Life

Once again we had a terrific year and we are so thankful to our many supporters in the community who enable us to continue to serve our local kids.  We appreciate the continued support from all our sponsors and look forward to an exciting year ahead!  

Thank you to the all the Board Members, community volunteers and their families who helped us continue to serve our local kids!  

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Copies of the financial statements the fiscal year

April 1, 2016- March 31, 2017

Are available upon request

Respectfully Submitted by:

Mioara Domokos

Treasurer

NOMINATING REPORT

The following are serving the second year of a two-year term.                                  

                           Doug Neilsen

                           Miora Domokos

                           Joanne Johnston

The following are serving the first year of a two year term

                                                            Lynn Fee

                                                            Justin Cruse

                                                            Michele Lane

                                                            Gynette Smith

                                                            Simon Woods 

President                     Justin is entering the first year of a two year term

Vice President             Simon is entering the second year of a two year term

President’s Report 2010-2011

I'll begin by welcoming all our volunteers to our Annual General Meeting. This is my favorite board meeting of the year. It's our opportunity as board members, staff and community to thank and recognize the many volunteers who make differences in so many kid's lives in our community by mentoring, donating, sponsoring organizing and pitching in. I realize that it's a lot easier to sit back and observe, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting involved and making a real difference in lives of kid's in our community.

As I fulfill my last year of a three-year term, I stand very proud of the many accomplishments we had at BBBS Grimsby Lincoln and West Lincoln. We were awarded a Trillium grant in 2010 that allowed us to introduce Go Girls into our in school-mentoring program. We were EXTREMELY fortunate to have a qualified and willing board member who was willing and able to hit the ground running. Pauline Wilts made an immediate difference to our organizations ability to deliver new programs and we must not forget "school Wii bowl" . Thank you Pauline.

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary and I know thousands of positive impacts were made to youth in our community through BBBS and its many volunteers serving youth in our community.

We participated in a unique opportunity in our Region; Build a house for Kid's sake. I'd like to recognize and thank Barb VanDer Heyden and the board of BBBS of South Niagara for including us in this activity. So many builders, contractors, retailers and volunteers came together to build and sell a house in St Catharine's within a few months. This was an amazing accomplishment that required unbelievable generosity from businesses and volunteers, the home was sold for $305,000 and it meant approx. $27,000 to our bottom line at a time when it was TRULY NEEDED. Thanks you BBBS South Niagara!!!!

I am often asked Marc I saw you or Big Brother article in the paper. What do you do with all that money? What do you do with the kid's? Do you all go on picnics? Although it frustrates me it really tells me that we all need to do a better job of sharing with anyone that will listen for 5 minutes how we impact kid's lives in our community every day. How we are totally funded through FUNDRAISING and the generosity of our DONORS. These funds allow our staff and professional caseworkers to match, manage and foster big and little relationships. Testimonials like we have in this room tonight do a much better job at explaining than I could ever do. So talk it up!!!!

In closing, I want all our volunteers, donors and sponsors to know that you are the life blood of our organization, we continue to need you and more like you to get involved and change "share the magic". How rewarding it is to give of our time, talents and love. There are sheets on your tables detailing the many ways they can make a difference. These forms are also available in our office and on our web-site, I encourage you to get to a group and tell them your story, tell them how you are making a difference in our community and how good it feels to “share the magic.”

Thank you for all that you do.

Marc Seguin
Board President



In School Mentoring Report

Here we grow again! 2010 was a record year for serving kids in the In School Mentoring and Go Girls program.

In September I started working 40 hours to accommodate the growing needs in the West Niagara Schools. There are three different mentoring groups that I currently over see. Adult In School Mentors who are volunteers in the community that go into a school for one hour a week and spend one on one time with a child. The High School Co-op is a program where I work with local High Schools and provide students who are interested in pursuing a Social Services career the opportunity to work with a group of kids. Lastly, Go Girls is a program where a leader works with 4 to 5 girls in grades 6-8 and focuses on healthy bodies, health minds and healthy eating over the course of 7 sessions. I would like to thank all the motivated, reliable, caring volunteers that I have been blessed to work with over the past 9 years. Together we are making a difference in the lives of children & youth in our West Niagara community.

J Brenda

Caseworkers Report

I would like to say a heart felt “Thank You” to our wonderful volunteers in the Big Brother, Big Sister and Couples Match programs.

Serving as role models our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers and community.

Data shows that children that have been matched for over a year have more friends, make decisions with more confidence, get along better with peers and feel more supported in comparison to children who do not have mentors.

Our volunteers take time out of their own busy schedules each week to help develop these qualities in their littles. We thank you for that.

This year fourteen new matches were made for local children. We are excited to have two new couples being screened for a couples match!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grimsby Lincoln, West Lincoln (BBBSGLWL) provides funding for camp to children in our traditional programs that might need financial assistance. In 2010 five children were sent to camp.

As well we work with Community Care of West Niagara to provide funding for sports through the Canadian Tire Jump Start program. With this financial assistance thirteen children were able to attend sports this year.

We are accepting inquiries at this time for sports and camp.

Littles that are in a match and are attending grade 10 are able to apply for a scholarship through a partnership with BBBS, CIBC and YMCA. We would like to offer congratulations to this year’s recipient from our agency, Natalie Smith. We are very happy for you Natalie!

Staff and board members at BBBSGLWL were able to enjoy spending time with our bigs and littles at our Open House Christmas Party as well as our second trip to the Sugar Bush this spring. As well we enjoyed our annual pumpkin carving and fishing derby. After two years of bad weather we also enjoyed a day of flying with the Copa Flight 28 team once again.

Please note our upcoming activities:

Fishing Derby-Saturday May 28 7:45 at Fifty Point Conservation Area. Thank you to Harvey Velix for all his hard work organizing this event. If you are attending please remember to have your little”s waiver form signed and brought to this event.

Copa Flight 28 Airlift tentatively set for Saturday August 27. Thank you to Jan Slavik for organizing this event each year with the rest of the Copa Flight 28 group.

Thank you to all our sponsors and donors, our wonderful volunteers and families and to the staff at BBBBSGLWL.

Sincerely,

Karen Thompson
Caseworker


Statistics

January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2010 Statistics

Traditional Program

  • Adult Inquiries=30
  • Child Inquiries=15
  • New matches=15
  • Closures=12
  • Number of children on the waitlist=15
  • Average number of matches=39

In School Mentoring

  • Inquiries=15
  • Average number of adult mentor matches=35
  • Average number of co-op mentor matches=36
  • Average number of matches=60

Go Girls

  • Number of programs run=3
  • Number of girls served=17


Activities Report

March

Sugar Bush-

Staff members, bigs and littles enjoyed a breakfast at Agape Valley Sugar Bush in Ridgeville. After a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and a drink we all headed out to enjoy a tour of the sugar bush and discover how maple syrup is collected.

May

Fishing Derby-

Once again Harvey Velix arranged for the captains of the Golden Horseshoe Outdoors Club to volunteer their time and boats to take our bigs and littles out for a fishing trip on the waters of Lake Ontario at Fifty Point Conservation Area. The bigs and littles spend a few hours fishing and then head to shore to enjoy barbequed hot dogs and hamburgs with the captains.

August

Airlift-

Copa Flight 28 Airlift generously donate their time and airplanes to take bigs and littles out for a flight around Hamilton from the Stoney Creek airport. This is quite an experience for the littles as well as the bigs. After two years of bad weather we were all very excited to get to fly once again!

October

Pumpkin Carving-

Held at St. Phillips by the Lake Church. Bigs and Littles dress up in costumes and come out to carve pumpkins and have a bite to eat at this yearly activity. After the pumpkins are all carved and lit up with candles our matches enjoy pizza and pop and one anothers company.

December

Christmas Party-Open House-

This year we had the Open House the same day as the Christmas Party. Bigs, littles, families and people from the community came out for skating, face painting, gingerbread cookie decorating and also enjoyed some delicious cake, hot chocolate and coffee.

Respectfully;

Jim Rowaan

Board member


Fund Developer Report


v Town of Grimsby

v Mayor’s Golf Tournament (Lincoln and Grimsby)

v Winona Peach Festival (Winona Men’s Club)

v Photo with Santa – Village Studio

v Dorothy Botterill

v Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake

v Kids Bowl for Kids Sake

v High School Bowl for Kids Sake

v Appeal Spiel

v Edward Jones Golf Tournament

v Parker Hannifin Canada – Bulls Eye for Kids Sake

v Niagara Community Foundation

v Grimsby Benevolent Fund

v Fergie Jenkins Golf Tournament

v Fleming Foundation

v Boston Pizza Run for Kids Sake

v Lunch for Kids Sake

v McHappy Day (Beamsville and Grimsby Locations)

v Venture Niagara Go Girls Grant

v Prosperity for Youth Grant – Niagara Community Foundation

v Wills Chevy Showdown

NEW FUNDRAISING

v Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant – Community Grant

v Build for Kids Sake

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln is fortunate to be based in a community that is so supportive of our programs. Without the support of our many local businesses and individuals we would not be able to operate. Thanks to our local community, we are able to serve our amazing local kids. We appreciate the continued support from all our sponsors!

Thank you to the all the Board Members, community volunteers and their families who gave of their time and talent to help with these events during the year!

Respectfully submitted,

Pauline Wilts Julie Dixon

Fund Developer Fundraising Committee Chair


TIM HORTONS BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE 2011

Our 33rd Annual Tim Hortons Bowl For Kids Sake was held at Stryx Bowling Center in Grimsby on February 26th and 27st. Our theme was “Jammin in the Alley” with everyone dressing up in their favourite pajamas! We had a great mix of new and returning supporters.

Again Tim Hortons was our title sponsor. With a donation of $12,500 distributed to all the Niagara BBBS agencies and advertising and support from local stores gives this fundraiser a great boost. We also would like to thank Boston Pizza for donating prizes to our top winners. Thank you to everyone who participated to make this event a success!!

2011 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake Trophy Winners


Town Trophy Town of Grimsby 1680.00

Public Service Trophy Grimsby Chamber of Commerce $1063.00

Firefighters Trophy Grimsby Firefighters $500.00

Bank Trophy TDCT Beamsville $1174.50

Real Estate Trophy Remax Red Hots $460.00

Tim Hortons Dainty Danishes $489.50

Service Club Union Lodge #7 $3180.00

Commercial/Retail Wills Chevrolet Buick GMC $1000.00

Financial Services Durward Jones Barkwell $2000.00

Wineries Kittling Ridge $970.00

Community Rockin Bowl Mamas $890.00

Youth Sports Teams Atom AE Peach Kings $895.00

Bar and Restaurant Judge and Jester $600.00


Top Youth Money Earner

Bryar Baughman $500



Kids Bowl for Kids Sake 2011 and High School Bowl for Kids Sake

Our 2nd Annual Kids Bowl for Kids Sake took place at 8 local schools (Caistor Central, Central, College Street, Gainsborough, Nelles, Senator Gibson, Smith and Vineland) during the months of March and April.

The schools raised over $24,000 for our In School Mentoring Program. This event continues to grow and targets a new audience of donors. Way to go West Niagara students!

Top Elementary School Senator Gibson Public School $4,837.56

Top High School South Lincoln High School $ 1,400.00

Nominating Report

The following are serving the third year of a 3 year term:

Marc Seguin

Juile Dixon

Justin Cruse


The following are serving their first year of a 2 year term:


Doug Neilsen

Charles Robinson

Jim Rowann

Kimberley MacPerson

Lynn Fee


The following are serving the second year in a 2 year term:


Jim VanRoon

Tina Sartor-Fry


Big Brothers Big Sisters Years of Service


14th year…..

Brian McPhee


13th year…..

Murray Boettcher Irene Koudys Bruce Manion


12th year…..

Thalia Makris Piera Palmieri


11th year…..

Pearl Sweeting Margaret Rolls Karin Schneider

10th year…..

Cindy Geleta Sandy Landry

7th year…..

Bea Manion Tami Hoogendoorn


6th year…..

Jen Holt Joan Edwards Mark MacDiarmid


5th year…..

Joshua Sleep Mary Shebib Julie Dixon


4th year…..

Sherrill Reid Jane Franks Chris Burkey

Rachel Fleming David Lupish Jodie Bartlett

Chris Buckborough Olga McNeil Darren Fry

Fran & Remi Ringuette


3rd year…..

Ben Kingdom Jessica Myhaluk Lynn Fee

Laura Ecker Ken Bauman Andrea Parker

Charmaine Boettcher Henry Van Ryn Erma Mutch

Carolyn McDonnell

2nd year…..

Kevin Topp Shellie Averell Martha Egan

Shelia Stirling Joanne Smees Kris Banga

Kathy Worstencroft Karen Hyde Mimi Allan

Connie Hoed Trish Vanderlee Kieran Clark

Shawn Verhoeven Kyrsten Boucher Kyle Wilson


1st year…..

Lauren Pitkeathly Kirsten DeLuca Liegha DeLuca

Vanessa Pavkovic Wendy Shorthouse Jennifer Watson

Patricia Brazier Josh Fracchioni Jennifer Jowlabar

Elizabeth Somerville Ryann Fossett Helen Lamoureux

Andrew Rowaan Stephen Johnston Judy Crockett


Thanks To All Our Donors, Volunteers, Mentors & Supporters

41st Annual General Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Night

Wednesday, May 25th 2011

ANNUAL REPORT

2009-2010

THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, MENTORS AND SUPPORTERS

40TH ANNUAL DINNER MEETING

AND VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT

WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 2010


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Welcome to the 40th Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Night. On behalf of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ Board of Directors for Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln I’d like to thank all our supporters and agency volunteers.

I'm honored to be here tonight to recognize the many volunteers at Big Brothers and Big Sisters that make our organization successful. Over our Forty years, countless relationships, positive impressions and life long memories have been made on local youth thanks to you signing up to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Thank you for taking that step that has made a difference to so many kids in our communities.

Our goal is simple; it's to serve all kid's looking for a special someone to look up to and to guide them in their daily challenges. We are accountable for ensuring that we work within the national blue print and seek ways to become sustainable to ensure that every child has a Mentor. We continue to have approximately 30 kids on a wait list, looking for a Big Brother, Big Sister or couple. I ask that you share your positive experience with your family and friends and ask them to take that step for kid's sake.

In my first year as board President, I have gained further appreciation for the great community I live and work in. Small business owners in our communities get many requests from so many worthy causes every week. Thank you for your continued support for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Over 70% of our annual revenue is generated from LOCAL fundraising. Thank you to our businesses and many volunteers that "Bowl" "Sweep" "Scoop" and "Throw Darts" BBQ and "Run" and "Pitch In" for kid's sake.

To my fellow board members, I am very proud to say that I serve on the board with caring and giving people like you. Your many contributions help make our organization strong and our communities a better place for all of us. I'm very pleased with our many accomplishments in the past year and value the friendships we have developed. Thank you for kid's sake.

To the staff of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Grimsby Lincoln West Lincoln. Thank you for your patience in working with a new President but especially for your continued TOTAL commitment to the cause. Your skills in matching monitoring and caring in the relationships show through in all the kid's faces you help. So often you drop everything to help out with the bowl or the curling, for this I also thank you. The fact that our organization has been the so successful in getting scholarships is a testament to the great work you do.

Thank you for kid's sake

Respectfully submitted

Marc Seguin

President


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Welcome to our 40th Annual Dinner and General Meeting. This is my 10th year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and it’s been an amazing year!! This has been another very busy year with many fundraisers and matches.

Big Brothers (Big Sisters) of Grimsby, Lincoln West Lincoln was granted Accreditation having successfully met the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC). As a measure to continually ensure maximum child safety and the pursuit of organizational excellence BBBSC introduced a review process for its member agencies more than twenty-five years ago and has most recently evolved this process into the national Accreditation program. The national Accreditation program is conducted by professionally trained reviewers who must complete Accreditation training given by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

The Accreditation certificate is granted upon approval of agency practices in the areas of child safety, service delivery, and organizational excellence. Organizational excellence includes a consultative process with agency volunteers, parents and board members, assurance of sound fiscal management practices, and agency strategic planning.

Each agency within the BBBSC organization is Accredited every five years. Agencies also participate in a mid-term evaluation as an interim measure ensuring adherence to national standards. We are very proud of everyone who helped in the process and to be an accredited agency.

This year were able to secure a grant to assist in Fundraising activities, as a result we were able to launch a very successful Wii bowl in 4 or our elementary schools. Next year we expect to expand this to the other schools in our area.

Our volunteers are second to none; these people are the ones that make the difference with our local kids. This year we were able to serve 131 children, this makes for a very busy office. Thank you to all of our Mentors who continue to support our children.

A big thank you to Mary Champ, Brenda Falconer-Baughman, Karen Thompson and our new added addition Pauline Wilts who has proven herself in 3 short months to be very valuable and a great asset to this organization along with the other staff.

Again, I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their support, vision and direction. I really enjoy working with such a great group of caring and professional people.

Looking forward to working with everyone to eliminate our waiting list. “We need more people just like you”

Respectfully submitted,

Lynn Clancy-Leenaars

Executive Director


Caseworkers Report

Yet another year has flown by. I will have been here for four years this June. Each year seems to get busier! Though the number of matches remains constant there were thirty six inquiries last year with eleven following through to the screening process and then being matched with waiting children.

We had several matches end last year as well, but on a happy note. The littles graduated the program, meaning they are seventeen and I will no longer monitor these matches. We are happy to report that after several years, at times ten-eleven years of building a relationship as a big and little these friendships will likely last a lifetime.

Our wait list numbers remain constant as well. For every match that we are happy to make there is a new child that enters our programs hoping to also have the opportunity of having that special relationship in their life. If you know of someone who you think would be interested in mentoring please tell them about our programs and have them give me a call. You might be instrumental in taking another child off our wait list.

This was another great year for scholarships. Five of our littles will receive scholarships this year through BBBS. Our youth are our future and we are excited to be part of their future!

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to our volunteers who are so committed and dedicated to making a difference in the life of a child. Thank you to the staff at BBBS that I work with. What a great, caring group of people. Thank you to our sponsors and all who come out to our fundraisers. We are all one team working towards a common goal. Providing quality mentoring relationships to the young people of our community

Sincerely,

Karen Thompson

Caseworker

Big Brothers Big Sisters Statistics


January 1st 2009 to December 31st 2009 Statistics

Number of Inquiries

Girls =9

Boys =12

Number of new matches last year:

Big Bother = 6

Big Sister = 9

Couples =1

Cross Gender = 0

Closures = 11

Number of Volunteer Inquiries

Big Brother =8

Big Sister =20

Couple = 1

Cross Gender = 0

Number of Inquiries that resulted in approved volunteer applications = 9

Average number of traditional matches = 31

Average number of children on the waitlist = 19

In-School Mentoring Report

The 2009-10 In School Mentoring year has been very successful. Numbers reached a record high of 53. We are serving kids in two new schools, Smith and Vineland Public.

New this year is the addition of the Go Girls Program. It has been developed for girls, ages 12 to 14. The program uses a mentoring approach to provide girls with the information and support they need to make informed choices about healthy, active living during a particularly challenging stage of development. The program ran in Senator Gibson and LakeviewPublic School. A huge thank you to Elizabeth Fonteboa who has been a tremendous asset to the program. I am looking forward to expanding the program in September. A Go Guy Program was piloted at the Niagara Falls agency and we are anticipating running it here soon.

For the third year in a row two kids from our agency have been awarded the CIBC scholarship. In 2008 Micaela Overholster and Jeri-Lynn Robinson, 2009 Kirsten Shreck and Vanessa Roukema, 2010 Matt MacPherson and Emma Davies. Students apply in grade 10 and complete an application process. Recipients are students who are strong academically, have given back to their community and without this scholarship would have challenges pursing a post secondary education. Since the inception of the program 11 year ago Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln has been awarded with the most recipients in all of Canada with a total of 8! These students have a summer internship with either the YMCA or BBBS for over 6 years. They also stay in their match so that their BIG can support them during this phase of their lives. It is an amazing opportunity and the students who have been awarded are incredibly fortunate for this life changing gift.

This year the In School Mentoring Program received funding that allowed me to purchase games, cards, crafts and outdoor equipment for all the schools participating in the program. This will be a great marketing tool when recruiting potential volunteers to the program.

Once again I would like to thank all the wonderful, caring and committed volunteers. You are making a difference a BIG difference in the lives of local kids. One child, One hour a week, One BIG reason to go back to school! Thank you also to my inspiring co-worker Karen. She makes me a better person daily. Lynn, Mary and Pauline make coming to work fun and rewarding. We are a great team! Finally, thank you to the Board of Directors. You make all the work we do possible.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda Falconer-Baughman

Caseworker

ACTIVITIES REPORT 2009

MAY

Fishing Derby

Once again the sun was shining and the fish were biting. A dozen kids went out with the gentleman from the Golden Horseshoe Club who generously donate their time and boats for this event. A big thank you to the Board Members who helped with the bbq. Harvey coordinates this event for us and he out did himself this year with amazing prizes that the kids appreciated.

OCTOBER

Airlift

Unfortunately the Copa Flight 28 Airlift was cancelled again due to high winds. It has been decided that we will try the Airlift in the summer months while the weather is a bit more predictable. The date has tentatively been set for Saturday August 28, 2010. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Pumpkin Carving

Held at St. Phillips by the LakeChurch. Forty seven people attended and had a great time. It was fun to see so many costumes this year. Thank you everyone for dressing up, it added to the fun. Pumpkins were kindly donated by Rob Foster of Vineland Growers once again this year. The church space was donated by St. Phillips by the LakeChurch. We are always grateful for the generous support of our communities.

DECEMBER

Christmas Party

A skating party was attended by approximately 60 people at the Grimsby Peach King Arena. Once again Alkema Greenhouses donated poinsettia’s to decorate the hall and for our wonderful volunteers to take home. Vineland Food Growers donated fruit and drinks. Santa paid a visit and bigs and littles alike were excited to see him.

MARCH

Sugar Bush

This year we tried something new and went for an excursion to the Agape Valley Sugar Bush in Ridgehill. Sixteen people attended and enjoyed a pancake breakfast before setting out on a tour to the sugar bush.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to our events.

Respectfully;

Jim Rowaan

Board Member

Activities Committee

FUNDRAISING AND DONATION REPORT

v Candy Floss Sale- Happening in the Park

v Town of Grimsby

v Mayor’s Golf Tournament (Lincoln and Grimsby)

v Winona Peach Festival (Winona Men’s Club)

v Photo with Santa – Village Studio

v Dorothy Botterill

v Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake

v High School Bowl for Kids Sake

v Appeal Spiel

v Edward Jones Golf Tournament

v Parker Hannifin Canada – Bulls Eye for Kids Sake

v Niagara Community Foundation

v Grimsby Benevolent Fund

v Fergie Jenkins Golf Tournament

v Fleming Foundation

v Run for Kids Sake

v Mail Campaign

NEW FUNDRAISING

v Wii Bowl for Kids Sake

v Lunch for Kids Sake

v McHappy Day (Beamsville and Grimsby locations)

v Venture Niagara Go Girls Grant

v Venture Niagara Fund Developer Grant

v Prosperity for Youth Grant –Niagara Community Foundation

We have had an exciting year with many new opportunities to reach out into the community. We are so fortunate to work and live in a community that is very supportive of Big Brothers Big Sisters which allows us to continue to serve our amazing local kids. We appreciate the continued support from all our sponsors!

Thank you to the all the Board Members, community volunteers and their families who give of their time and talent to help with these events during the year!

Respectfully submitted, Julie Dixon

Pauline Wilts Chairman

Fund Developer

YEARS OF SERVICE


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Rowaan 35 years

Charles Robinson 27 years

Valerie Wills 11 years

Doug Nielsen 5 years

Justin Cruse 3 years

Marc Seguin 2 years

Julie Dixon 2 years

Tina Sator-Fry 1 year

STAFF

Lynn Clancy 10 years

Brenda Baughman 8 years

Mary Champ 6 years

Karen Thompson 5 years

Big Brothers Big Sisters Years of Service

13 years………………………………

Brian McPhee

12 years………………………………

Murray Boettcher Irene Koudys Bruce Manion Thailia Makris

11 years………………………………

Piera Palmieri

10 years………………………………

Pearl Sweeting Margaret Rolls Karin Schneider

9 years………………………………

Cindy Geleta Sandy Landry

7 years………………………………

Adele Barry

6 year………………………………

Kim Bentley Tami Hoogendoorn Bea Manion

5 years………………………………

Jen Holt Marc MacDiarmid Kim Montague Joan Edwards

4 years………………………………

Joshua Sleep John Read Linda VanElburg

Julie Dixon Mary Shebib

3 years……………………………..

Sherril Reid Peter Rhodes Jane Franks Alana Harrod

David Lupish Chris Buckborough Jodie Barlett Olga McNeill

Rachel Fleming Darren Fry Chris Burkey Fran & Remi Ringuette

2 years……………………………..

BenKingdom Lynn Fee Ken Bauman Andrea Parker

Ron Tufford Danielle Caddick Henry VanRyn Mark Robson

Carolyn McDonnell Laura Ekert Charmaine Boettcher Erma Mutch

Jessica Myhaluk

1 year……………………………..

Kevin Topp Shellie Averell Martha Egan Sheila Stirling

Joanne Smees Kris Banga Kathy Worstencroft Kate Armstrong

Justin Izzo Karen Hyde Mimi Allen Dana Bee

Marcus Koorneef Connie Hoed Trish Vanderlee Carley Cramp

Elizabeth Fonteboa Shawn Verhoeven Frank Vromans Kieran Clark

Krysten Boucher Crystal Napholc Kyle Wilson

WE THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEERISM MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE!!

THANK YOU FOR RAISING YOUR HAND.

IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

 


ANNUAL REPORT

2008-2009

THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, MENTORS AND SUPPORTERS

39TH ANNUAL DINNER MEETING

AND VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT

WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2009
WELCOME

All volunteers

And

Supporters

AGENDA

Grace Lucy Cook

Dinner Just like Mom

Introductions Head Table and Special Guests

Annual Business Meeting All reports cover April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009

üMinutes of Annual Meeting held May 14, 2008 & report approvals

üBotterill and Angelique Scholarship Award Presentations

üCIBC Scholarship Award Presentations

üKirsten Schrek & Vanessa Roukema & Micaela Overholster & Jeri-Lynn Robinson & Karen Schnieder

üPresentation of Service Awards

üBig Brother/Big Sister Volunteer Appreciation

üSlide Presentation

Minutes of the 38th Annual Dinner and Meeting

May 14, 2008
Meeting held Mountainview Christian Reform Church

Main Street, Grimsby, ONL3M 3H1

PRESENT: Larry Lupish, Doug Neilsen, Jim Rowaan, Lynn Clancy, Melanie Gushie, Marc Seguin, Charlie Robinson

ABSENT,

REGRETS:Joan VanBreda, Val Wills

GUESTS: Betty Robinson, Mike Krklijus, Bruce Bond, Bob Bentley, Mike Marlow

Motion: To accept the minutes of Annual Meeting held May 9, 2007. Motion made by, Jim Rowaan seconded by Larry Lupish

Motion: To adopt the reports as printed in the Annual Report. Motion made by, Doug Neilsen seconded by Melanie Gushie

Motion: To accept the slate of officers as printed in the Annual Report. Motion made by, Melanie Gushie seconded by Mike Marlow.

Motion: To accept Patrick Gabriel, CGA to do our financial review. Motion made by, Charlie Robinson seconded by Marc Seguin.

Motion: To accept the actions of the Board for April 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008. Motion made by, Melanie Gushie seconded by Charlie Robinson

BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLICITY & RECRIUTMENT:

NEW BUSINESS

Fishing Derby – May 24 - Fifty Point 8am-1 please RSVP need to know numbers
Fergie Jenkins Golf- need 4 more golfer and sponsors- June 20- Rockway - please see Lynn or Mary for Details
Happening in the Park -June 22, 200- 3pm-10pm
Edward Jones Golf Tournament- June 22-
Wills Chevvy Showdown- August 9th- 10am – 3pm – need volunteers
Winona Peach Festival August 22nd –24th- need

MEETING ADJOURNED AT: 9:30pm

NEXT MEETING – June 13, 2008 @ 7:30pm, 18 Ontario Street, Grimsb

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Welcome to the 39th Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Night. On behalf of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ Board of Directors for Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln I’d like to thank all our supporters and agency volunteers.

In tonight’s agenda we recognize and publicly appreciate the individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their interest in helping our organization. We truly value everyone’s donations of time, funds and community spirit to keep our Big Brothers/Big Sisters agency providing quality mentoring programs for local children.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canada has set a blueprint to serve 100,000 children in Canada by the year 2013. We are accountable for ensuring that we work within this blue print and seek ways to become sustainable to ensure that every child has a Mentor. In order for this to happen we have to strategically plan for growth, adequate resources and ensure high quality of service.

With the help of all our Corporate Sponsors, Community and Volunteers, we need to spread the word so that we can increase our financial and human resources to meet the goal of serving 100% of the children on our wait list.

In the two years of my term we have been through some highs and lows. Most recently, the loss of our past President Larry Lupish. On the positive side we now have a Strategic Plan in place and three new board members that have brought new life to our Board. With the strong leadership of Marc Seguin, a productive board and a great staff, BBBS GLWL has a positive outlook into the future.

Finally, without the great volunteers that we have, our Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization would not be possible. It’s the Mentors that make it all work it, when you see what they do for the children in our area.

I would like to thank the Board of Directors for assisting me during my two year term. I appreciate all the dedication and commitment from this Board. I would like to thank, Lynn Clancy-Leenaars, Mary Champ, Karen Thompson and Brenda Falconer-Baughman for all theirhard work and commitment do, and thank you to all our amazing volunteers.

Respectfully submitted

Doug Neilsen

President

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Welcome to our 39th Annual Dinner and General Meeting. This is my 9th year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and boy how time flies!! This has been another very busy year with many fundraisers as well as undergoing an intense accreditation.

Fundraising has been very successful this year due to the hard work of Marc Seguin and his committee, who helped lead us to another successful Tim Hortons “Bowl for Kids Sake”. Given the economy we should be proud of the work the committee put into organizing and to our community who continues to support us. We continue to focus on third party events like the Fergie Jenkins Golf Tournament , Parker Hannifin Canada “Bulls Eye for Kids”, and the Edward Jones Golf . Grimsby Benevolent Foundation and Winona Mens Club have also been crucial to our success this year and we hope everyone continues to support such a worth while organization.

We are very fortunate to have great support from our local Mayors and received funds from the Mayor’s golf tournament. I can’t help but mention Bob Bentley who is always seeking ways of supporting BBBS

As you know raising funds is a big part of our job, but equally as important are our volunteers. BBBS has many volunteers. Whether it is our service groups, community people or our Mentors, everyone plays an important role. The impact that our volunteers have on our children is immeasurable. Without you there would not be a BBBS.

We completed a strategic plan this year and have outlined areas of strengths and needs. This is a blue print for the Board to follow in the coming years. The goal being to serve all West Niagara children needing a mentor by the year 2013.

A big thank you to Mary Champ, Karen Thompson and Brenda Falconer Baughman for all their enthusiasm and hard work.

Personally, I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their support, vision and direction. I really enjoy working with such a great group of caring and professional people.

Looking forward to working with everyone to eliminate our waiting list. “We need more people just like you”

Respectfully submitted,

Lynn Clancy-Leenaars

Executive Director

Caseworkers Report

Yet another year has flown by.I will have been here for four years this June. Each year seems to get busier! Though the number of matches remains constant there were thirty six inquiries last year with eleven following through to the screening process and then being matched with waiting children.

We had several matches end last year as well, but on a happy note. The littles graduated the program, meaning they are seventeen and I will no longer monitor these matches. We are happy to report that after several years, at times ten-eleven years of building a relationship as a big and little these friendships will likely last a lifetime.

Our wait list numbers remain constant as well. For every match that we are happy to make there is a new child that enters our programs hoping to also have the opportunity of having that special relationship in their life. If you know of someone who you think would be interested in mentoring please tell them about our programs and have them give me a call. You might be instrumental in taking another child off our wait list.

This was another great year for scholarships. Five of our littles will receive scholarships this year through BBBS. Our youth are our future and we are excited to be part of their future!

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to our volunteers who are so committed and dedicated to making a difference in the life of a child. Thank you to the staff at BBBS that I work with. What a great, caring group of people. Thank you to our sponsors and all who come out to our fundraisers. We are all one team working towards a common goal. Providing quality mentoring relationships to the young people of our community

Sincerely,

Karen Thompson

Caseworker

Big Brothers Big Sisters Statistics

January 1st 2008 to December 31st 2008 Statistic

Number of Inquiries

Girls =6

Boys =11

Number of new matches last year:

Big Bother = 6

Big Sister = 3

Couples =0

Cross Gender = 2

Closures = 17

Number of Volunteer Inquiries

Big Brother =7

Big Sister =26

Couple = 1

Cross Gender = 0

Number of Inquiries that resulted in approved volunteer applications = 11

Average number of traditional matches = 30

Average number of children on the waitlist = 18

In-School Mentoring Report

Once again the In School Mentoring Program has experienced growth. There are 46 matches! We are serving children in 11 different Public Schools and 1 Catholic Elementary School. This year we have had co-op students who have been able to be matched to multiple children. This has helped reduce the waitlist significantly.

This year the GrimsbyAnimalHospital and Lynn Fee from Remax Garden City generously sponsored 2 local schools with Boredom Buster bins. These bins are full of all kinds of board games, craft supplies, card games and books for the matches to use during their weekly hour visits. The goal is to have a bin for each of the schools that offer mentoring.

In November the agency went through an accreditation process with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Having reviewed our National Standards, it came to light that In School Mentors cannot have contact with their mentees during the summer months. This is because there is no way for me to match monitor any in person visits, telephone calls, or emails you may be sharing with your mentee. I am confident that the mentors will understand the risk management behind this standard.

It is hard to believe I will now be working on completing closing interview with the matches. The In School Mentors will enjoy the summer and resume visiting their mentees in September.

Having been with the agency for 7 years, it always amazes me at how committed and caring the volunteers are. It makes coming to work a wonderful experience. I often receive emails from the mentors with heart warming stories about their matches. Together we are building futures through friendships!

All of the staff and Board Members have been supportive of me and my family. I am very fortunate to have such an amazing group of people to work with on a daily basis. Looking forward to continued success.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda Falconer-Baughman

Caseworker

Inschool Mentoring Statistics 2008

Jan


Feb


Mar


Apr


May


June


July


Aug


Sept


Oct


Nov


Dec

Inquires this month

3


5


0


1


1


1


1


5


5


4


3


2

Number of matches

20


21


23


22


22


22


22


27


29


30


33


33

Number of ISM

19


19


21


21


21


21


21


29


28


29


33


32

Number of ISM on waitlist

3


4


4


4


4


4


4


4


3


4


2


2

Closed during this month

0


2


0


1


0


0


0


0


0


0


1


0

Children on waitlist

23


21


23


23


24


24


24


26


23


6


9


14

New matches

0


2


1


1


1


1


1


0


2


1


4


1

Matches last year

12


12


18


19


19


19


19


19


21


21


21


23

WHAT IS IN-SCHOOL MENTORING?

It’s a small commitment that makes a big difference. Become a mentor to a child in a school environment. You’ll help build a child’s self-esteem and school performance while having a lot of fun. And it only takes one hour a week during the school year. One child. One hour a week. One big reason to go back to school.

WHAT SHARING A LITTLE MAGIC CAN DO

Children who spend time with a mentor gain confidence, acquire new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others. Mentors experience a sense of discovery and enjoyment as they see the world of possibility open up through a child’s eye.

IN-SCHOOL MENTORING MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE

90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring*
88% of students showed improved literacy skills*
64% had developed higher levels of self-esteem Mentors*
85% of ISM volunteers feel they have a positive influence on the community*
89% felt better about themselves*

Activities Report

MAY

Fishing Derby

This years Fishing Derby was great fun as always. We had many matches come out and enjoy the sunshine and fishing experience. In total close to fifty people attended this event.

The fishing derby is a great event for bigs to bring their littles out to a fun and exciting activity. The matches are able to go out in actual fishing boats with down riggers, fish finders etc.

After everyone has enjoyed being out on the water for a few hours we enjoy a barbq on land. Last year our big sister Erma Mutch gave board members Doug Neilsen and Jim Rowaan a hand at the barbq. Thanks for the great lunch guys!

We are all very grateful to Harvey Velix for organizing this event each year. For arranging for the captains to bring out their boats, for starting as early as January sending out letters to arrange for the awesome gifts that get sent home each year with the kids and just in general for giving everyone such a wonderful experience.

Thank you to all our wonderful captains. They donate their time as well as pay for their own gas to take us all out on the water. A very generous gift to us.

The Fishing Derby is coming up again Saturday May 23rd at Fifty Point Conservation Area. It starts at 8:00 am and generally runs to about 1:00 pm. Showing up about fifteen minutes before that is a good idea.

If you have not RSVP’s yet please call the office at 905-945-9353. If we are not prepared then everyone may not get to go out in the boats

OCTOBER

Another fun evening of Pumpkin Carving was had at St. Phillips by the LakeChurch in Grimsby. Approximately 44 people showed up for this fun event. Once again we extend our gratitude to Rob Foster at Vineland Growers for donating the pumpkins and to St. Phillips by the LakeChurch for donating the space for this event. Without the generous support from our community we would not be able to have these fun times.

Once again we enjoyed delicious pizza from “The Depot Pub” in Grimsby after the carving was finished. Thank you to Audie Leenaars for all his hard work.

DECEMBER

This year’s Christmas party was once again a skating party at the Jordan arena. If anyone has any ideas for another type of Christmas party or knows of a location that would donate space please let us know. We are always open to suggestions.

There was a bit of a smaller turnout this year with about 38-40 people attending.

We were very fortunate and grateful this year to have a generous donation of poinsettia’s from Alkema Greenhouses of Grimsby to decorate the hall as well as for the attendee’s to take home with them. Thank you to Alkema Greenhouses for that donation.

We were also very happen to be able to offer clementines, water and juice boxes as a healthy snack for our littles. These were donated by Vineland IGA. Thank you so much for your generous donation. The kids (and adults) were happy to have this choice.

Also a big thank you to Santa for making an early stop in his busy season! The kids and adults alike are always happy to see Santa.

We would be very grateful for any suggestions for activities, suggestions for possible donations or for extra help at any of these events. If you have a suggestion or would like to help please call the office at 905-945-9353 or email Karen Thompson at

thompsonbbbs@aol.com

Respectfully;

Jim Rowaan

FUNDRAISING and DONATION REPORT

ØCandy Floss Sale - Happening In The Park

ØTown of Grimsby

ØMayor’s Golf Tournament (Lincoln and Grimsby)

ØWinona Peach Festival (Winona Men's Club)

ØPhoto With Santa - Village Studio

ØBell Canada Employee Volunteer Program

ØWills Chevy Showdown

ØDorothy Botterill

ØTim Horton’s Bowl For Kids Sake

ØAppeal Spiel

ØEdward Jones Golf Tournament

ØParker Hannifin Canada – Bulls Eye for Kids Sake

ØNiagara Community Foundation

ØGrimsby Benevolent Foundation

ØFergie Jenkins Golf

ØFleming Foundation

NEW FUNDRAISING

ØWalk/Run for Kids Sake Sept 12/2009

ØBig Brothers Big Sisters Month Mail Out Sept 09

Many thanks to all Board Members and their families who gave of their time to help in these events during the year.

WE APPRECIATE THE CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

Respectfully submitted;

Julie Dixon

BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS

GRIMSBY, LINCOLN, WEST LINCOLN

ACKNOWLEDGES WITH APPRECIATION

THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION

OF THE

GRIMSBY CURLING CLUB AND MEMBERS

PHOTOGRAPHER: DOUG NEILSEN

PIPER: TOM SMART

CATERER: DWIGHT & MARY JANE LUPISH

AUCTIONEER: BRUCE BOND

MEDIA: COGECO

GRIMSBYLINCOLN NEWS

SPONSORS

NRB

CHARLIE BEE

CLA-VAL CANADA CORP.

SOBEY’S – BEAMSVILLE

BEAMSVILLE LEGION

CARRUTHERS PRINTING

MAJOR PRIZE DONOR

CANADIAN TIRE, GRIMSBY


TEAMS

Saturday 9:00 am Draw

Grimsby Legion Team Rowaan

Grimsby Legion Ram Rods

Grimsby Rotary St Philips by the Lake

Grimsby Fire Ass. Beamsville Lions

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Saturday 11:00 am Draw

First Student CanadaKew Steel

Hydro One Kew Steel

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Sunday 9:00 am Draw

Beamsville Lions The Depot Pub

Wills Chevrolet Grimsby Kinsmen

Winona Men’s Winona Men’s

Dr. Joe Keri Evers

BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE 2009

Our 31st Annual Bowl For Kids Sake was held at Stryx Bowling Center in Grimsby on February 21st and 22nd . All of our regular supporters were out in full force, as well as some new faces.

A special thank you Doug Neilsen, for commentating , you really made it interesting and fun!!

This year was the 6th Annual High School Challenge. All six West Niagara high schools participated – Grimsby Secondary, South Lincoln High, Smithville Christian, Beamsville Secondary, Blessed Trinity, and Great Lakes. The schools raised close to $8,000 in pledges. Thanks !!!, we appreciate your support. This was the second year for our Elementary Bowl for Kids Sake. Nine schools participated and raised just over $2,000. It was a fun day with the schools coming out together in their school colours.

Again this year Tim Horton’s was a title sponsor. With a donation of $10,000.00 distributed to all the Niagara BBBS agencies, and the incredible advertising in all of their stores, this fundraiser continues to receive a tremendous boost. Merdian Credit Union was a Regional Supporter this year with a donation of $20,000.00 distributed to all the BBBS agencies in Niagara Region. Cogeco Cable 14 is also a major sponsor with the regional Big Brothers/Big Sisters- Thanks!!

2009 TIM HORTONS BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE TROPHY WINNERS

Town Trophy Town of Grimsby $1,680.00

Public Service Trophy Grimsby Chamber of Commerce $1,205.96

Firefighters Trophy West Lincoln Firefighters $578.00

Bank Trophy TDCT Grimsby $1,162.00

Service Club Union Lodge #7 $1,070.00

Real Estate Trophy Royal Lepage $776.00

Commercial/Retail Wills Chevrolet $693.00

Commercial/Industrial Air Care $474.00

Financial Services Edward Jones - Grimsby $2,058.00

Wineries Kittling Ridge $1,324.00

Community The "B" Strikers $955.00

Youth Sports Teams Red Griffin $2,479.00

Bar and Restaurant The Depot Pub $1,213.71

TOP YOUTH MONEY EARNERS:

Female: Bryar BaughamnMale: Andrew Brons

2009 Elementary and High School Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake

Top High School SouthLincolnHigh School $2,063.02

Top Female Emily Mulder

Top Male Alex Anderson

Top Elementary School Senator Gibson $475.72

We acknowledge with appreciation the following sponors:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Copies of the financial statements the fiscal year

April 1, 2008-March 31, 2009

Are available upon request

Respectfully Submitted by:

Charlie Robinson

Treasurer

EXPENSES APRIL 1ST 2008 TO March 31 2009

Activities

1536.26

Advertising & Publicity

2096.42

Audit & Legal

1323.79

Total Bowling Expenses

7413.20

Big Brother Membership

179.56

New Revenue Expense

152.71

Golf Expense

3674.80

Nevada Expense

6344.63

Camp

1910.00

Summer Sports

-725.00

Total Speil Expenses

2265.13

Summer Students

306.00

Parker Expense

759.95

Board Expenses

1099.81

Salaries

106112.62

CPP Expense

3130.32

EI Expense

1874.54

Workers Compensation

861.65

Insurance

1084.32

Mileage Allowance

2526.03

Office

4883.89

Postage

568.06

Equipment Maintenance

0.00

Rent

6791.24

Annual Dinner_

1931.31

Telephone

3171.80

Bank Charges

117.58

Interest Expense

0.00

Workshops & Conventions

1165.00

BIG/Bunch Program

0.00

Office Equipment

2480.52

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS

145,836.99

YEARS OF SERVICE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Rowaan-----------------------34years

Charles Robinson----------------26 years
Irene Koudys---------------------15 years

Valerie Wills----------------------10 years

Doug Nielsen----------------------4 year

Justin Cruse-----------------------2 year

Marc Seguin-----------------------1 year

Julie Dixon-------------------------1 year

Pauline Wilts----------------------1 year

STAFF

Lynn Clancy-----------------------9 years

Brenda Falconer Baughman—7 years

Mary Champ----------------------5 years

Karen Thompson-----------------4 years

NOMINATING REPORT

The following are serving the second year of a two-year term.

Marc Seguin

The following are serving the first year of a two year term

Doug Neilsen

Charles Robinson

Irene Koudys

Jim Rowaan

Valerie Wills

Justin Cruse

Julie Dixon

Pauline Wilts

Nominated for President for the first of a two year term following a year as Vice Prisident

Marc Seguin

Brothers Big Sisters Years of Service

12 years………………………………

Brian McPhee

11 years………………………………

Murray Boettcher Irene Koudys Thaila Makris Andrea Caron

Bruce Manion

10 years………………………………

Piera Palmieri Tineke Leech

9 years………………………………

Pearl Sweeting Margaret Rolls Karin Schneider

8 years………………………………

Cindy Geleta Sandy Landry

6 year………………………………

Adele Barry

5 year………………………………

Kim Bentley Andrew Fleming Tami Hoogendoorn Bea Manion

4 year………………………………

Corey Fagan Jen Holt Marc MacDiarmid Andrew Toms

Kim Montague Joan Edwards

3 year………………………………

Joshua Sleep Chris Burkey John Read Linda VanElburg

Hilda VanderKlippe Rebecca Tardif Leslie Smith Julie Dixon

Mary Shebib

2 year……………………………..

Sherril Reid Peter Rhodes Jane Franks Candace Rempel

Alana Harrod David Lupish Serena Lusak Chris Buckborough

Katie Friesen Jodie Barlett Olga McNeill Jim Campbell

Rachel Fleming Mike Simms Darren Fry

Erma Mutch Kenny Allen Fran & Remi Ringuette

1 year……………………………..

Julia Misek Ben KingdomLynn Fee Ken Bauman

Andrea Parker Steve Compton Jacqueline Dueck Ron Tufford

Danielle Caddick Samantha Fontaine George Prins Charlie Joyce

Henry VanRyn Mark Robson Carolyn McDonnell Irene Piotrowicz

Nicole Casey Sonya Panchyshyn Laura Ekert Charmaine Boettcher

MISSION STATEMENT

TO ACCOMMONDATE THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING QUALITY MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS

WE THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEERISM MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE!!

THANK YOU FOR RAISING YOUR HAND.

IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Our Next Event

Lace up for our most important fundraiser of the year... Bowl for Kids Sake. Have fun and raise money for us!

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